8.1/10
23,279
107 user 32 critic

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Trailer
1:22 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director:

Larry Roemer

Writers:

Romeo Muller, Robert May (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,892 ( 46)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Frosty the Snowman (TV Short 1969)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV Short 1965)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn
The Little Drummer Boy (TV Special 1968)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., and 1 more credit »
Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (TV Special 1973)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie 1976)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam
Jack Frost (TV Movie 1979)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Short 1976)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burl Ives ... Sam the Snowman (voice)
Larry D. Mann ... Yukon Cornelius (voice) (as Larry Mann)
Billie Mae Richards ... Rudolph (voice) (as Billy Richards)
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Hermey (voice)
Stan Francis Stan Francis ... Santa Claus / King Moonracer (voice)
Alfie Scopp ... Charlie-In-The-Box / Fireball / Other Reindeer (voice)
Janis Orenstein Janis Orenstein ... Clarice (voice)
Paul Kligman Paul Kligman ... Donner / Clarice's Father / Comet the Coach (voice)
Carl Banas Carl Banas ... Head Elf / Spotted Elephant / Other Toys (voice)
Corinne Conley ... Doll / Others (voice) (as Corine Conley)
Peg Dixon Peg Dixon ... Mrs. Donner / Mrs. Claus / Others (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his beaming honker, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudolph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea... Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Famous Reindeer of All Time!


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although the Rudolph puppet - which still exists - appears to be about three feet tall when viewed on screen, it's only an illusion: in reality, "Rudolph" is palm-sized - approximately the same size as a very small kitten. See more »

Goofs

During the scene leading up to Santa's plea to Rudolph to guide the sleigh, Rudolph's nose keeps changing its size and shape. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam the Snowman: If I live to be 100, I'll never forget that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and... well you might not believe it, but the world *almost* missed Christmas. Oh, excuse me, call me Sam. What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a talking snowman before?
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, you can hear a whooshing noise. This is from the original 1964 ending credits before the misfit toys were picked up. The whooshing is from the elf throwing presents out of the sack with the credits written on the boxes! See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1998 restored version contains a longer version of "We Are Santa's Elves", a duet reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits", plus additional narration by Burl Ives and two short scenes towards the end resolving Yukon Cornelius' quest for gold (he discovers that all he was really searching for was a peppermint mine) and Santa's lead reindeer Donner looking up at Rudolph in the air and proclaiming "That's my buck". The version that originally premiered on NBC in 1964 had these sequences minus the Island Of Misfit Toys ending (where Santa and company return to the Island to rescue the toys that had been left behind earlier in the story) -- that was animated, filmed, and used for the 1965 re-broadcast (and all subsequent telecasts and video releases through 1997) after viewer protests demanded a resolution of that storyline. The original version also had a different main title that does not mention "Rankin/Bass present" (as it had already been established it was originally a General Electric presentation -- GE had been the show's original sponsor), and an end credits sequence where the elves show the technical credits on gift boxes before dumping them on the ground to their destinations. The 1965-1997 re-edit has the "Rankin/Bass present" subtitle at the beginning, and an alternate end credits sequence with the elves putting their gifts under flying umbrellas to take them to their destinations (as the technical credits are superimposed on the screen), while omitting the instrumental bridge to "We Are Santa's Elves" and the "Peppermint Mine" & "That's my buck" dialog sequences, and finally replacing the "...Misfits" reprise with the song "Fame And Fortune" (which appears on the current DVD release as a separate supplement). The Island Of Misfit Toys ending was later incorporated into the 1998 restored version, which (as of 12/2002) continues to air annually on CBS. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Nightmare Generator (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Charlie in the Box
16 October 1999 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

Oh this one is great! I loved it as a kid, and must admit to being scared of the Abominable when he showed round age 5 or so. The parts with Herbie doing the 'Oink oink oink' routine and with Yukon Cornelious are a Scream! (One of my cousins reminds me of Yukon, actually...)

There are some terrific vignettes here-the iceberg drifting off into the northern lights, the Beasts' roaring echoing all round, the Island of Misfit Toys(Charlie in the Box is the best!)...'Bumbles Bounce!'...

Who can not like this? Plus Burl Ives, the one and only. This one will still be shown long after the Beavises of the world are gone.

*** outta ****, a definate watch. +


17 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 107 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed